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Steps - Preparing for and Recording Your Video

Mastering the Content in Your Video

Engage Your Students

Previous videos show teachers doing most  of the talking with little opportunity for student voice.
  • Be dynamic, fast-paced, and make sure students are engaged under your direction.
  • Good for you to roam to interact with small groups talking with students. That would mean someone panning the camera, presumably your cooperating teacher.
  • Start with content information (e.g. 5 minutes) and then engage students (they do most of the talking) for the rest of the video
  • Active engagement of students in their own understanding of concepts, skills, and/or processes related to the learning objectives.
  • Instruction with student-teacher and/or student-student interaction
  • An opportunity for teacher to respond to student questions, concerns, or needs. 
  • Choose clips that reveal student thinking, analysis, and judgment. 
Deepening Student Learning
  • Highlight in the video how you listen to students and respond in such a way that you are supporting them and building on their thinking and ideas.
  • Deepening student understanding will depend upon the strategies you have chosen. 
  • Focus a discussion following a mini-lecture rather than the lecture itself (which can be described in writing). 
  • Discussion should represent an opportunity for students to display or further their depth of understanding.
Avoid Clips with Students
  • answering yes/no questions
  • reciting information
  • recall of facts
  • practicing a narrow set of skills
  • reading aloud without conversation
  • writing silently
These activities will not reveal how you deepened their understanding of the content presented.

Respect and Rapport
  • Make evident in your videos how you treat students and how they treat each other.
  • In your commentaries cite specific scenes that illustrate the respect and rapport you have established with your students.
Professionalism and Privacy

Professional responsibilities for maintaining confidentiality:
  • Consent forms 
  • Respect students’ privacy
  • Protect yourself and your cooperating teacher 
  • Video only for edTPA. Do not share video with others
Rehearse 
  • You need to have a precise lesson that has been rehearsed several times over.
  • Rehearse your lesson with other students in your class.
Mastering the Technology

Preparation
  • Collect the necessary consent forms from students. 
  • Advise your cooperating teacher and the principal at your school of your need to video record lessons for your learning segment. 
  • Make sure you have all your gear ready. Reserve equipment from the IT Help Desk at least 3 days in advance. 
  • Practice the video recording process BEFORE the learning segment. This will provide a chance to test the equipment for sound and video quality as well as give your students an opportunity to grow accustomed to the camera in the room.
  • Try to record the ENTIRE set of lessons. This will provide you with plenty of footage from which to choose the segment that best provides the evidence called for in the commentaries and rubrics.
  • Be natural. While recording, try to forget the camera is there (this is good to explain to your students as well) and teach like you normally do. If using a camera operator, advise him or her not to interject into the lesson in any way.
  • Be sure to select and submit clips with quality audio so that those viewing your clips can hear individual voices of students as they are working on a task or with each other.
Video Camera Setup
  • Review Video to Improve Practice
  • When setting up your smartphone or dedicated video camera with either a built-in or wireless microphone system be sure to set up a mock recording for playback.
  • Attention! If you have a smartphone, make sure that there is adequate storage. Count on having at least 2GB free for a 20 minute recording.
  • Position the camera to the side or front to capture teacher and students together.
  • Attention! iPhone or iPad users should make sure that the Home button is on the right when recording.
  • Set the orientation of your video camera so that is recording in landscape view - no vertical recording!
  • If you plan to include materials on a regular or interactive white board that are essential to your lesson, be sure to that the video is clear. 
  • Avoid zooming and make sure you the teacher and students are in the video.
    Compressing and Trimming Videos
    • All videos need to be continuous (no cutting out in between) although start and end segments can be trimmed.
    Making Students Heard
    • If student responses are unclear, be sure to include them in your video narrative. 
    • You may need to repeat what students say to be sure that the question, answer, comment, or reflection is picked up by the microphone. 
    Rehearse 
    • The teacher needs to have a precise lesson that has been rehearsed several times over.
    • Rehearse your lesson with other students in your class.
    Portions of these tips taken from A Support Guide for edTPA Candidates http://www.edtpa.com/Content/Docs/edTPAMGC.pdf